Anxiety, Eating & Escapism with Melissa McCormick
This week in the “Shed” is our tool of the week – Melissa McCormick.
Melissa is a licensed (MA, LMFT, MFC) Therapist at Potentia. Potentia is an integrative mental health practice dedicated to supporting the whole person – mind, body, soul – and treating the whole spectrum of mental health and wellness issues. Melissa has also been on staff with Greek Intervarsity at San Diego State University working on leadership development with sorority and fraternity students. Melissa brings to the shed an amazing blend of hands on experience with students and families as well as the intellectual & counseling capacities.
In this episode Melissa shares insights into two areas of her personal focus in counseling, anxiety and eating disorders. Melissa also shares how women are uniquely struggling with issues of body image and shame that manifest itself in a variety of ways that inhibits them from living empowered and fulfilling lives. In our conversation we discuss questions like:
- What creates anxiety, or what is anxiety?
- How do eating disorders develop?
- What is an eating disorder?
- Why are people in our culture so anxious?
- What is creating high anxiety in students specifically?
- What type of home environments are creating such high anxiety in students?
- What impact is this having on the “party culture” of most universities?
“We believe everyone has something important to contribute to this world. There is no greater threat to you making an impact in your circle of influence than when you are consumed with the pain, shame and struggle of the disordered eating spectrum.
Eating disorders are devastating, crush dreams and souls… and are also deeply misunderstood. Eating disorders are not a phase nor a selfish indulgence. They do not discriminate and impact people regardless of age, gender, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and faith.
Many people struggle with symptoms that fluctuate on the disordered eating spectrum. Unfortunately, many wait to get help until emotional and physical symptoms are more severe because of a desire to not be a burden, too drama or be seen as weak.
If you are in need of support: early intervention, support to higher level of care or step-down support after residential treatment – the earlier you reach out for help increases the chances these struggles will not be life-long.
Potentia is a space where you and your loved ones will receive understanding, support and specialized care. We understand your pain and the nuances of disordered eating – you are not alone in this struggle. You are more than a statistic and we are committed to supporting you.” – Potentia Team